Canadian MDA provides Ukraine with satellite images to fight Russia

A satellite image of Canadian company MDA Inc, which said it provides Ukraine with real-time satellite images taken at night and through cloud cover to support its fight against Russia, is seen of the city of Montreal, Quebec , Canada taken January 21, 2022 Image taken January 21, 2022. MDA/Handout via REUTERS

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OTTAWA, March 8 (Reuters) – Canadian satellite manufacturer and operator MDA Ltd. (MDA.TO) provides Ukraine with near real-time satellite imagery to track Russian troop movements even at night or through cloud cover, Chief Executive Mike Greenley said. Tuesday.

“We can provide intelligence reports and people can determine what’s happening on the ground or at sea from our radar imagery,” Greenley said in a Zoom interview. “It’s about…doing the right thing and giving Ukraine the support it needs.”

Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s Minister of Digital Transformation, issued an appeal to the international community on Twitter a week ago, asking for synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite data.

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“We badly need the ability to monitor Russian troop movements, especially at night when our technologies are blind,” Fedorov said on March 1.

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In the SAR images, “you can see groups of vehicles, you can see changes in buildings, you can see changes in bridges, you can see ships at sea in all weather conditions, day and night,” Greenley said.

Intelligence is securely communicated to Ukraine through Western-based trade agencies or governments, he said. MDA received approval from the Canadian government on Friday to share SAR imagery from Ukraine, Greenley said.

When asked if he feared Russian retaliation, Greenley said his company had adopted a “slightly heightened security posture”.

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Reporting by Steve Scherer Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Bernadette Baum

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